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Bodanis, David

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Works: 110 works in 284 publications in 4 languages and 13,174 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Television adaptations  Miscellanea  Popular works  Fiction  Film adaptations  History 
Roles: Author of introduction
Classifications: QC73.8.C6, 530.11
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E=mc² : a biography of the world's most famous equation by David Bodanis ( Book )
36 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 3,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the science and scientists who provided the backdrop to Einstein's seminal 1905 discovery, and offers a definitive explanation of the equation from a mathematical, historical, and scientific perspective
Electric universe : the shocking true story of electricity by David Bodanis ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 1,905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In his bestselling E=mc2, David Bodanis led us, with astonishing ease, through the world's most famous equation. Now, in Electric Universe, he illuminates the wondrous yet invisible force that permeates our universe and introduces us to the virtuoso scientists who plumbed its secrets. For centuries, electricity was seen as little more than a curious property of certain substances that sparked when rubbed. Then, in the 1790s, Alessandro Volta began the scientific investigation that ignited an explosion of knowledge and invention. The force that once seemed inconsequential was revealed to be responsible for everything from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains. In harnessing its power, we have created a world of wonders complete with roller coasters and radar, computer networks and psycho pharmaceuticals. A superb storyteller, Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through lucid accounts of scientific breakthroughs. The great discoverers come to life in all their brilliance and idiosyncrasy, including the visionary Michael Faraday, who struggled against the prejudices of the British class system, and Samuel Morse, a painter who, before inventing the telegraph, ran for mayor of New York City on a platform of persecuting Catholics. Here too is Alan Turing, whose dream of a marvelous thinking machine what we know as the computer was met with indifference, and who ended his life in despair after British authorities forced him to undergo experimental treatments to cure his homosexuality. From the frigid waters of the Atlantic to the streets of Hamburg during a World War II firestorm to the interior of the human body, Electric Universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer. A popular history of the science of electricity follows the work of the scientists and pioneers who investigated its unique properties and secrets, including Alessandro Volta, Michael Faraday, and Samuel Morse, and discusses the influence of their scientific breakthroughs on our ability to harness its power. By the author of E=mc2. 75,000 first printing
The secret house : 24 hours in the strange and unexpected world in which we spend our nights and days by David Bodanis ( Book )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An account of science's application to the everyday world.Includes the physical and biological events that go on daily
The secret family : twenty-four hours inside the mysterious world of our minds and bodies by David Bodanis ( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
State-of-the-art photography complements the descriptions of physiological changes that occur during everyday events such as a diet, an argument, and a kiss, in an exploration of the effects of the outside world on our insides
The body book : a fantastic voyage to the world within by David Bodanis ( Book )
3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Passionate minds : the great love affair of the Enlightenment, featuring the scientist Emilie Du Chatelet, the poet Voltaire, sword fights, book burnings, assorted kings, seditious verse, and the birth of the modern world by David Bodanis ( Book )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It was 1733 when the poet and philosopher Voltaire met Emilie du Chatelet, a beguiling - and married - aristocrat who would one day popularize Newton's arcane ideas and pave the way for Einstein's theories. In an era when women were rarely permitted any serious schooling, this twenty-seven-year-old's nimble conversation and unusual brilliance led Voltaire, then in his late thirties, to wonder, "Why did you only reach me so late?" They fell immediately and passionately in love." "Through the prism of their tumultuous fifteen-year relationship we see the crumbling of an ancient social order and the birth of the Enlightenment. Together the two lovers rebuilt a dilapidated and isolated rural chateau at Cirey where they conducted scientific experiments, entertained many of the leading thinkers of the burgeoning scientific revolution, and developed radical ideas about the monarchy, the nature of free will, the subordination of women, and the separation of church and state." "But their time together was filled with far more than reading and intellectual conversation. There were frantic gallopings across France, sword fights in front of besieged German fortresses, and a deadly burning of Voltaire's books by the public executioner at the base of the grand stairwell of the Palais de Justice in Paris. The pair survived court intrigues at Versailles, narrow escapes from agents of the king, a covert mission to the idyllic lakeside retreat of Frederick the Great of Prussia, forays to the royal gambling tables (where Emilie put her mathematical acumen to lucrative use), and intense affairs that bent but did not break their bond." "Along with its riveting portrait of Voltaire as a vulnerable romantic, Passionate Minds at last does justice to the supremely unconventional life and remarkable achievements of Emilie da Chatelet - including her work on the science of fire and the nature of light. Long overlooked, her story tells us much about women's lives at the time of the Enlightenment. Equally important, it demonstrates how this graceful, quick-witted, and attractive woman worked out the concepts that would lead directly to the "squared" part of Einstein's revolutionary equation: E=mc[superscript 2]." "Based on a rich array of personal letters, as well as writings from houseguests, neighbors, scientists, and even police reports, Passionate Minds is both panoramic and intimate in feeling. It is an unforgettable love story and a vivid rendering of the birth of modern ideas."--BOOK JACKET
Electric universe : how electricity switched on the modern world by David Bodanis ( Book )
18 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the history of the science of electricity, discussing the influence of the scientists and pioneers who investigated the unique properties of charged particles, including Alessandro Volta, Michael Faraday, and Samuel Morse
The secret garden : dawn to dusk in the astonishing hidden world of the garden by David Bodanis ( Book )
3 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Every day in the hours between dawn and dusk, in gardens and backyards everywhere a curious invisible world comes to life around us and beneath our feet. In The Secret Garden, David Bodanis takes us on an eye-opening journey through this mysterious domain where plants and insects engage daily in a Darwinian epic of survival. Ants navigate through a forest of grass blades, forming networks that act as a living "computer" to gather intelligence from the world above
Passionate minds : the great Enlightenment love affair by David Bodanis ( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Electric universe [the shocking true story of electricity] by David Bodanis ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For centuries, electricity was seen as little more than a curious property of certain substances that sparked when rubbed. Then, in the 1790s, Alessandro Volta began the scientific investigation that ignited an explosion of knowledge and invention. The force that once seemed inconsequential was revealed to be responsible for everything from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains. In harnessing its power, we have created a world of wonders-- complete with roller coasters and radar, computer networks and psychopharmeceuticals. A superb storyteller, Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through lucid accounts of scientific breakthroughs. From the frigid waters of the Atlantic to the streets of Hamburg during a World War II firestorm to the interior of the human body, Electric universe is a mesmerizing journey of discovery by a master science writer"--Container
Web of words : the ideas behind politics by David Bodanis ( Book )
5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The secret house : the extraordinary science of an ordinary day by David Bodanis ( Book )
3 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
David Bodanis took the life's work of one of history's greatest geniuses and made it "astonishingly understandable" (Parade) to the everyday reader. In this book, he takes us through an average day in and around an average house, showing us the science beneath the surface-from the billions of bacteria traveling from shower to toilet to toothbrush, to the millions of pillow mites that snuggle up with us every night, from the warm electric fields wrapped around a light bulb filament, to what really makes the garden roses red. With wit, whimsy, and delightful detail, David Bodanis explains it all in ordinary words-on an extraordinary tour
Electric universe [the shocking true story of electricity] by David Bodanis ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Being human : a day in the life of the human body by David Bodanis ( Book )
2 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La surprenante histoire de la fée électricité by David Bodanis ( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
E=mc² [a biography of the world's most famous equation] by David Bodanis ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Generations have grown up knowing that the equation E=mc2 changed the shape of our world but never understanding what it actually means and why it was so significant. Here, Bodanis writes the "biography" of this great discovery and turns a seemingly impenetrable theory into a dramatic and accessible human achievement. Bodanis begins by introducing the science and scientists forming the backdrop to Einstein's discovery. Having demystified the equation, he explains its science and brings it to life; making clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe"--Container
Passionate minds : Emilie Du Châtelet, Voltaire, and the great love affair of the Enlightenment by David Bodanis ( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1733 the poet and philosopher Voltaire met Emilie du Châtelet, a beguiling--and married--aristocrat whose scientific studies would pave the way for Einstein's theory of relativity. They immediately fell in love. Through the prism of their tumultuous fifteen-year relationship, we see the crumbling of an ancient social order and the birth of the Enlightenment. The two lovers conducted scientific experiments, entertained leading thinkers, and developed radical ideas about the nature of free will, the subordination of women, and the separation of church and state. They also survived court affairs that bent but did not break their bond. Along with its riveting portrait of Voltaire as a vulnerable romantic, 'Passionate Minds' at last does justice to the unconventional life and remarkable achievements of Emile du Châtelet" --Cover, p. 4
Bis Einstein kam : die abenteuerliche Suche nach dem Geheimnis der Welt by David Bodanis ( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in German and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The secret house : the hidden world of your home by David Bodanis ( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
E=mc2 : de biografie van de formule die de wereld veranderde by David Bodanis ( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in Dutch and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Uiteenzetting van de invloed die de relativiteitstheorie van Einstein heeft gehad op allerlei andere wetenschappelijke en praktische gebieden
 
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Alternative Names
Bodaniss, Deivids
Боданис, Дэвид
בודאניס, דייוויד
ボダニス, デイヴィッド
Languages
English (117)
German (7)
Dutch (4)
French (3)
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